Russian reconnaissance footage have shown oil is being smuggled through ISIS-held areas in Syria into Turkey day and night. There are vehicles carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon.
Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of allowing ISIS Terrorists to run a “living oil pipe” across its border as he upped the ante in the row over the downing of a Russian jet.
The Russian President said that reconnaissance footage, shared with world leaders at the G20 summit earlier this month, showed that oil was being smuggled through terrorist-held areas in Syria into Turkey “day and night”. There were “vehicles, carrying oil, lined up in a chain going beyond the horizon”, he claimed.
Speaking after talks at the Kremlin with the French President Francois Hollande, Putin accused Ankara of false naivety over ISIS’s huge oil operation. “Let’s assume that Turkey’s political leadership knows nothing about it – it’s theoretically possible, albeit hard to believe,” he said. “There may be elements of corruption and insider deals. They should deal with it.”
Putin has gone for the jugular after the Turkish military shot down the Russian SU-24 jet after accusing it of violating its airspace during an operation in northern Syria. The incident is thought to be the first time in 50 years that a NATO member has downed a Russian plane.
Turkey is acutely sensitive to claims that it is turning a blind eye to ISIS, a view held not only by Russia but also by Western states who believe that Turkey has not done enough to prevent terrorists from slipping across its 500-mile border with Syria; timesofindia.indiatimes.com reported.
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